Defining Moments: SK vs. FaZe

In the first Defining Moments we had Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo walk us through two crucial rounds that changed the momentum in SK and FaZe’s match from the second round of the group stage at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta.

The series, which we hope to continue, will feature players' perspectives on some of the most important turning points in matches and how they and their teammates affronted the situations they were put in as they relive the heat of the moment.


SK during their comeback against FaZe

Matches frequently have decisive moments that sway the balance one way or another due to extraordinary plays, be they individual or collective. With the help of our moviemakers to illustrate the players’ flashbacks, we aim at breaking down these points of no return.

Our first Defining Moment is narrated by Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, who runs us through two rounds late in SK and FaZe’s second round match from the ELEAGUE Major. FalleN chose two rounds late in the game when SK was mounting a comeback on the terrorist side of Mirage.

FalleN picked the 27th round of the match first, in which he and Ricardo "fox" Pacheco pulled some last second heroics to deny FaZe, who were on match point, the victory. In the second part, he tells us about the 30th round of play in which Epitacio "TACO" de Melo got three kills, including a 1 vs. 1, to push the match into overtime.

Without further delay,

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
819
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Crucial match for SK, even with it they're in a little trouble in groups. good video
2017-01-25 05:50
#30
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Argentina alejofabregas 
SK will win the Major
2017-01-25 07:09
good one
2017-01-25 10:58
NaVi too stronk
2017-01-25 11:22
No
2017-01-25 12:20
#66
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Russia band1 
16:3
2017-01-25 14:10
kek
2017-01-25 16:07
#83
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
lol not even I believe But when felps join SK next major will be so ez
2017-01-25 16:26
no it wont you are optimistical , sk is done since fnx cucked fer.
2017-01-25 17:03
lmao
2017-01-25 17:06
#31
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Brazil lokodecrack 
if i am not mistaken if they had lost against faze they would play easier teams on the rest of the groups
2017-01-25 07:13
you can't know it with swiss system
2017-01-25 09:08
#36
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Brazil lokodecrack 
they woudnt face VP, gambit or NaVi for example, because the matches of the 2-0 people are against each other, the rest of the teams SK could easily win against
2017-01-25 09:10
ok but they go 2-0 they have 3 chances to do not fail, or they should risk to lose on purpose for 1-1 and maybe play an easier team that could still surprise them (f.e astralis who also went 1-1), so as i said u cant put this logic in swiss system
2017-01-25 09:11
#39
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Brazil lokodecrack 
i know they wouldnt throw a match just to have easier teams, i am just stating a fact that faze match wasnt crucial at all, in fact, it could be even easier to go trough the group if they lost
2017-01-25 09:14
yes, i agree with you, it's a possibility im just saying that it's also random and eg lose to faze and then e.g astralis would be destroying for them, and they are now in 2-1 situation instead of 1-2 which is pritty crucial for them if you ask me
2017-01-25 09:15
#60
Brazil rlh3 
it 'COULD' be even easier.. it could be even harder aswell right? we'll never know because the matchups are random. and yes, it was very crucial.
2017-01-25 13:19
#9
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Brazil diixon 
FUCK YEAH SK
2017-01-25 05:54
#14
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United States ImFat 
-yeah then it will be a good comment
2017-01-25 05:58
lul
2017-01-25 06:14
Lul
2017-01-25 08:22
#67
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Denmark qwedsa 
you must be canadian
2017-01-25 14:28
cucknadian or nordcuck
2017-01-25 17:10
#92
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United States ImFat 
I'm actually American but nt.
2017-01-25 18:00
#94
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Denmark qwedsa 
so canerican
2017-01-25 18:50
#99
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Brazil mexicowss 
no shit sherlock, your name is imfat, u dont even need a flag to we figure out.
2017-01-26 21:50
lul
2017-01-25 16:57
#10
rain | 
Brazil lipedias 
FalleN is the best IGL in CS history. Period.
2017-01-25 05:55
cause you dont know anyone else, and he is from your country kkkkkkkkkkk
2017-01-25 05:56
cause you dont know anyone else, and he is from your country kkkkkkkkkkk
2017-01-25 06:00
so true.
2017-01-25 16:58
Strong personality and leadership, yes. Best IGL in cs history, no. Won two majors but lost countless tournaments, struggled many times against teams like Liquid and Cloud9, versus european teams twas always a braw.
2017-01-25 06:29
+1
2017-01-25 12:08
#84
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Brazil Collee 
Now I'm curious to know who's the igl who didn't "lose countless tournaments" and didn't choke a few games against weaker teams. And yes, only a few, check SK's head to head against all the top tier teams, as well as these underdog teams. Losing to Cloud9 and Liquid isn't even something to be ashamed of, some games they had against teams like tyloo and Renegades were worse There's no igl in CS history who won everything and didn't struggle against weaker teams, especially on CS:GO
2017-01-25 16:56
That's the point, many other IGL's had the same struggles but also THE SAME accomplishments. Why would Fallen be the best of them all? He is probably taking in account the charisma that he sees in Fallen to form his opinion but charisma is subjective.
2017-01-25 18:45
#95
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Brazil Collee 
First of all, there's not many other igls with his achievements. If you talk about 1.6, yeah I agree there's a lot, but makes no sense since CS:GO and 1.6 are different games. The only igl I can think of with better achievements is pronax. Maybe Xizt is on that list, but idk, after NiP got real competition they couldn't dominate the scene anymore like fnatic and SK did, so I would point Xizt's achievements on the same level as FalleN's. The real point is, having the same accomplishments while you also carry your team, being the second best player in the world, being the most skilled succesful igl in CS:GO's history - and that's not even arguable - puts FalleN above the other CS:GO igls. FalleN had the best anual stats an igl ever had last year, and I don't see anyone taking his place. You'll hardly see another player with these impressive stats while being an igl. Being a good igl takes more than just calling, you have to be a skilled player, that's why pronax and ex6 are on a slump nowadays, they're more like coaches if you ask me, they shouldn't be playing at all. Not for decent teams
2017-01-25 19:02
Being a good igl takes more than just calling, you have to be a skilled player I disagree, Pronax is a good example, being a good igl is about making the life of your teammates easier with good calls. If Fallen manages to perform well while being igl that only adds value to him as a Player, not as igl. He performed poorly against Navi and they lost 16x3. Where was his impact as an igl? But talking about only CSGO history, no doubt Fallen can be a contender for best igl and overall player.
2017-01-25 19:30
#98
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Brazil Collee 
pronax had 4 of the very best players in the world. All 4 of them were top 8 players for at least 8 consecutive tournaments. That's not usual at all. If we pick up this SK, we have only 2 players in the top 10. Just look how pronax is performing in these last months, and how bad his team is performing without the fire power he had before. His calls and especially his individual decisions ingame are beyond mediocrity. Today was no exception, he was the dead weight of HOMESENT. Never thought I would say this, but MSL shits on him nowadays. He's making a team with JW, flusha and znajder look like a tier 3 team. That really takes a huge effort and shows how overrated he was/is
2017-01-26 03:07
Agree. Sorry, that he uses software, though xD WalleN will be WalleN.
2017-01-25 11:01
lol, repost?
2017-01-25 05:56
#13
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Brazil Rohe 
NICE FALLEN :D
2017-01-25 05:57
Very interesting and usefull series, keep it up!!
2017-01-25 06:04
And Taco went on to become the first man ever to reverse his balding process naturally by being more patient and stressfree.
2017-01-25 06:09
Checked the site by "instinct" LOL
2017-01-25 06:13
we aim at breaking down these points of no return Great idea and execution by hltv, looking forward to the next one.
2017-01-25 06:25
This is fantastic HLTV!!! I LOVED watching this =)
2017-01-25 06:34
#26
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France whitx 
Nice new feature, hope to see more of those
2017-01-25 06:51
#27
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Brazil sprk1 
cool
2017-01-25 06:55
Fallen got dinkt at stairs to. 2 realy lucky outcomes
2017-01-25 06:56
How was that lucky? FalleN knew where Aizy was and Aizy knew where he was, imo its not about luck its FalleN being faster than Aizy to connect the shot before dieing Edit: Actually Aizy played bad that round, if he hiddened in the corner they would win that round
2017-01-25 15:12
#71
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
can confirm
2017-01-25 15:10
very interesting video, great execution from one of the best teams in this peroid of time.. and of course congratz hltv.org for this stuff.
2017-01-25 07:06
Haters will say "Behind the cheating plays" xD
2017-01-25 07:55
Fer double entry alone with tec-9. Opening the round they would win with 5 Terrorists alive. Thats the best round of the tournment imo so far!
2017-01-25 08:30
#41
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World LeviathaNz 
fer made so many big plays to gets SK's head out of the dirt. I really liked watching him play on this match. And people were arguing over him getting in the top20... This guy is insane. He has an insane impact on SK.
2017-01-25 09:28
#79
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
agree. hats off to you.
2017-01-25 15:57
+1
2017-01-26 00:09
#38
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-01-25 09:12
fer tec-9 coldzera 1v3
2017-01-25 09:40
Very good HLTV.org, looking forward to watch more of this!
2017-01-25 10:14
#44
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World euqin 
That kind of things will make history
2017-01-25 10:45
#45
Jame | 
Romania djorkaeff 
fox saved SK ,but still BOT fox right? and legendary BOT allu :)) shiiiet
2017-01-25 10:51
pt mad
2017-01-25 11:25
Just a meme dude, relax.
2017-01-25 15:46
I know it.s a meme,but cmon it.s like an obsession BOTRiGhT :))), funny meme ,but way to much of bot fox :))) at least give the man whst he deserves when he deserves it,u wouldnt expect him top fragging for SK :)))
2017-02-04 10:22
Nice
2017-01-25 10:53
Taco is bald :D Biggest forehead in the world
2017-01-25 11:30
faze only losing by a inch
2017-01-25 12:07
awesome content!
2017-01-25 12:56
0:45 Props to fer for being calm in his comms in this kind of situation.
2017-01-25 13:08
lul HLTV so dramatic in the end)) btw i hate how SK can become so cold(blooded) ingame-
2017-01-25 13:11
#61
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Russia rainsjer 
Fucking lacky
2017-01-25 13:23
#64
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Spain madrileno 
Brazilian lucky suckers. Almast lost the game vs Faze. SK are overrated. Navi proved it out. Faze has shown a good game. Respect to Faze.
2017-01-25 13:39
?
2017-01-25 15:04
#80
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
not overrated. current major champions. it's expected for them to do ok. Nobody is putting them as favors since they have stand in.
2017-01-25 15:58
Awesome video. Thanks for doing it.
2017-01-25 14:47
Nice video. Would like to see more of it, with other players too!
2017-01-25 15:24
#73
Brazil FLXG 
Very nice video HLTV! Hope to see more of it
2017-01-25 15:30
Nice Video
2017-01-25 15:32
Very nice idea, loads of matches will certainly give u material to continue this series, keep it coming !
2017-01-25 15:39
#76
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Argentina w33nter 
nice video! gj
2017-01-25 15:40
wowowow more these
2017-01-25 16:06
Keep improving it!
2017-01-25 17:25
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